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Imps U18s 4 Huddersfield Town U18s 2

24 September 2022

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City turned on the style in the second half to stretch their winning run to three games.

While the first 20 minutes of the game were dominated by the visitors, it was City who had the first big chance of the match. Winger Tayo Tucker appeared to be brought down inside the Huddersfield box on 13 minutes, but the referee opted to give a free kick on the edge of the penalty area. The resulting free kick from Julian Donnery was well saved by Acquah. 

In the 23rd minute there was a lapse in concentration from Iorpenda as he picked up the ball after the keeper took a goal kick, which resulted in a penalty for City and a booking for the defender.

Donnery stood up to take the spot kick and saw his initial effort brilliantly tipped on to the post by keeper Acquah. The rebound however fell kindly for Donnery, as he made no mistake as he rifled the rebound into the roof of the net. 

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A period of City dominance led to another chance as Donnery was slipped through on goal but yet again, another piece of excellent goalkeeper denied a strong effort.

Huddersfield then won a corner on the counterattack which resulted in the equalising goal in the 35th minute as the ball was turned in by a City player for an own goal. 

The 43rd minute saw the visitors take the lead through an excellent finish on the half volley courtesy of Dylan Helliwell. Huddersfield continued to dominate the end of the second half as City keeper Sam Green made a brilliant save to deny Tyree Sanusi’s close range effort.

The second half began with City dominance as an early corner led to a free header for MJ Kamara whose effort bounced just wide of the post. Shortly after, Tucker dribbled his way through four of the Huddersfield defenders before curling his finish into the top right corner to equalise for the Imps on the hour mark. 

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The momentum was clearly in the home side's favour as just three minutes later Tucker was once again causing the Huddersfield defence issues as he won a free-kick just outside the box. Captain Harry Dale stood up and placed a brilliant effort over the wall and into the bottom left corner. 

As the visiting side looked to respond with a free-kick from 25 yards out which was saved excellently by Imps’ substitute keeper Isaac Allan.

It was City who continued to pile on the pressure and Julian Donnery helped himself to a second of the game with a superb strike across goal into the right side of the net to make it 4-2 to the home side in the 75th minute. 

Donnery went close to his hat-trick in the 88th minute but yet another good save from the Huddersfield keeper denied City a fifth goal. 

That was full time and an impressive win for the Imps as three second half goals saw the home team overturn a 2-1 deficit to win 4-2, a brilliant performance from Ash Foyle’s U18 side.

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